Passed PMP today 08/13/2015
Submitted by shasub21 on Fri, 08/14/2015 - 03:47
I passed PMP today. My sample test scores were the following.
Oliver 175 - 82%
Head First - 80%
SimpliLearn - 80% (Oliver rates this hard)
PM Prep Simulator (Free) - 76%
PM Study (Free) - 86%
4 weeks studying + 2 weeks tests/closing gaps. I read PMBOK (most of the chapters) once, Rita once. I did take lot of sample questions (Rita, Scordo and ton referenced by Oliver on his website). Including full tests mentioned above - I might have taken around 2500+ questions.
About my exam:
The questions level was very simple (actually ridiculously simple). It was nothing compared to Oliver or Simplilearn (which were nice and tougher). I have heard people mention PMP exam is similar to PMStudy. This was easier than PMStudy. I found even repetitive or questions with same answer (answer was Project Charter for 5 questions - not exaggerating - got a bit annoying seriously). One thing I was glad was I had only one ITTO question - glad I put no effort to memorize them. I finished the example in 3 hrs 40 minutes and reviewed the remaining time.
The other thing I noticed was most of the questions had 3 unrelated absurd choices and it was very easy to spot the right one. At around 20-25 question mark, I thought may be tough questions are coming later. At around 100 questions, I knew I will pass. At 150+, I seriously got bored. I have seen very few posts where people say it was really simple test (or almost a joke). Most say it was tough and many questions had multiple answers and things like that. It may mean that I just got an easy sample set in my exam (or I may be I just took many sample questions that finding the right answer was not tough).
Well, at the end of the day - one thing off my checklist.
List of tips:
Do's and Dont's:
1. DO Understand the processes and concepts
2. DO NOT memorize ITTOs. I repeat - do not. Understand them - it is not required to know ITTOs completely. If you understand what is required, doing process of elimination is easy in the question.
3. DO Read first and then take tests. I finished reading Rita once. Then started taking tests and found my gaps. I studied only those in PMBoK.
4. DO NOT buy or pay for any paid courses or exams - Unless you need motivation to sit and study - these may help but cost money.
5. DO take a lot of sample tests. Once you finish tests, review incorrect ones and learn them. Also review correct ones. However, not all the correct ones. While taking tests on paper, mark that answer to be reviewed at the end. Sometimes, you might get it right with 50-50 guess - it is helpful to understand the right reason.
6. DO NOT mark too many questions for review. The problem is you may end up with 50 odd questions to review and this may contain only a few that you really want to review. I would suggest marking questions that you absolutely want to review in the exam. If you have some that you want to revisit (but are almost confident of the answer) - mark them in your scratch paper. If you have time, you can visit them.
7. DO Use the 15 minutes of tutorial time. I used it up fully to relax and get my mind focused. Some use it for a brain dump - which could be useful. I used it for assimilating my thoughts about processes in general. Some write formula if one cannot remember them on the fly.
Sorry - I did not have any notes made while studing because I did not make any. However, I used the following summary written by Edward 2 days before the exam - it was a good summary.
Hope these help - All the very best.